So first, using either faith or reason, we move our emphasis from what's happening to what is, from the seen to the seeing until, for a moment, we only know that seeing, what is. That's not a time to settle, but to double our efforts until enlightenment spits us back out into the world.
If the mind is like a cloth, and all experiences (including the experience of self) are folds and wrinkles in it, then who's folding the cloth? This is what we identify with, ya know? If we just identified as a fold---a product of the mind---from the get-go, then there'd be no problem. Instead, this fold … Continue reading If the I is Just A Thought, Then Who’s the Thinker?
"When the sun sets in the west, does it appear or disappear?" She paused for a moment, staring at me like I was an idiot. She's probably right. "Disappears." "When the sun sets in the West, does it come into existence or cease to exist?" After a genuinely thoughtful pause, she replied, "Neither." "Why?" "Because … Continue reading Enlightenment Isn’t Complicated
The confused try to clear the sky of clouds, but it's the aversion to clouds that they should be trying to clear. The greatest obstacle to seeing the Way is despising one's ignorance. Trying to escape the confusion only adds more confusion to it. Like a Chinese Finger Trap, if you try to pull out … Continue reading Big Sky Mind
The noteworthy problem that kick starts all of our other problems isn't all that problematic in the long run. It's a simple mistake made by all sentient beings to some extent. The issue is that we base our identities in unstable hands---namely our own. It starts with perception, when the mind perceives the figure (Gestalts, … Continue reading How Did Our Minds Get So Screwed Up?